Beached baby dolphin too young to be saved

A BABY striped dolphin, just a few weeks old, was discovered stranded and distressed on Broughty Ferry beach on Tuesday morning.

The metre-long youngster was spotted by a dog-walker just before 9 a.m.

He alerted Civil Defence Scotland (CDS), personnel based at Broughty Castle, and they found it to be in a state of panic, breathing heavily.

Nonetheless, they slid a float underneath it to take it off the sand, and continually poured water over it, while also draping it with wet blankets. In addition, they rubbed gel around its blowhole and eyes.

Sadly, the decision was taken at about 1 p.m. to have the little dolphin put to sleep.

This was done by a specialist marine vet from British Divers Marine Life Rescue, who felt it was too young to put back into the water, and that its chances of survival were very small, given that its mother could have been miles away by then.

Team manager with CDS Scotland is Gareth Norman, and he said people had been asking him why they didn’t just release it in the water and see how it got on, but he had told them that this wasn’t a Disney film, but the real world.

The dolphin’s remains are being taken to the Scottish Agricultural College at Inverness, where a post-mortem will be carried out.